The US Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit decision that the health care reform law’s mandate to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also will consider an appeal of the Circuit Court’s rejection of a challenge to the law’s expansion of the Medicaid program. The 11th Circuit ruling came in a case that was filed by 26 states. Finally, the court will consider a decision made by the 4th Circuit Court in Richmond that said individuals may not challenge the law’s requirement that nearly every American purchase health insurance or face a penalty until the first penalty is due in April 2015. Three federal appellate courts have found the Affordable Care Act constitutional and one has said it is not. The court accepted Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida (11-398); NFIB v. Sebelius (11-393); and Florida v. HHS (11-400). The Supreme Court has not established a hearing date or briefing schedule yet and it’s ruling is not expected until June.
The Arc strongly supports the Affordable Care Act. Learn about how it benefits people with disabilities. The Arc has participated in amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs supporting the ACA in several of the cases addressing the constitutionality of the ACA, including the Florida case addressing the individual mandate to purchase health insurance.